Donna Ferguson Passed away January 1, 2010, with her children and companion by her side. Donna spent her final days surrounded by her friends and family at home after a courageous battle with cancer. Donna was born in Napoleon, North Dakota, on May 30, 1941. She moved to Seattle at the age of nine with her family and settled in Tacoma, Washington, shortly after. She attended both Gault Jr. High and Lincoln High School. Donna became the proud owner of “Fergies on the Avenue” in 1996 where she ran a successful diner and bar. Donna loved what she did and enjoyed giving the community a place to go and be with friends. The community will miss her generosity and a big heart! Donna is survived by her longtime companion Jack Stalder, bothers Andy Bitz, Dennis Bitz, Frankie Betz, children Nick Stephens, Troy Stephens, Tonya Stephens, Curt Ferguson, daughters-in-law Bobbi Stephens, Cathy Stephens, grandchildren Nicholas Stephens, Nolan Stephens, Tiffany Stephens, Mandy Ford, Curtis Stephens, Paris Stephens, Selina Stephens, Gary Ferguson, Gage Ferguson, Zoe Ferguson, great grandchildren Sean Klise, Mckenzi Ford. Arrangements are with Mt. View Funeral Home. Services will be held Saturday, January 9th, 11:00 A.M., in the Valley chapel. Reception immediately following. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Willie O’Neal Ferguson was born on September 1, 1930 to Nathanial and Nancy Mosley McPherson. She grew up in Pensacola, Florida the eldest child and only daughter. Willie liked to be called Neal. Neal was always an industrious child, hard working, results oriented and focused on rising above her circumstances of early poverty and discrimination in a Jim Crow South. Some of her fondest memories were spent in the pursuit of higher education and in her training as a dental assistant following graduation from high school. Happy as these memories were, they paled in comparison to meeting the love of her life, Richard Brudis Ferguson, who later became a solider in the United States Army. After a whirl wind courtship they wed in May of 1952. To this union were born three children, a son and two daughters, Richard B. Ferguson Jr., Doreen Ferguson and Dian E. Ferguson. As the wife of a solider and the mother of three children, together they journeyed to Europe, living in France, Germany, Italy and various parts of the USA including Pensacola, Florida where the eldest child and son was born prior to coming to Tacoma, Washington where Doreen then Dian was born. Working together her and Richard built a family business of rental houses and apartment complexes. She had great financial insight and was a wizard of investment and business sensibility. Her faith and love of God and the church ran deep. Upon arriving in Tacoma she joined St. John Baptist Church where she served many years in the choir prior to joining Bethlehem Baptist Church under the leadership of then pastor Robert Davis. She settled in at Bethlehem and was actively involved in the activities of the church including many years of service as the President of the Women’s Choir and as an active member of the Baptist Training Union. Willie delighted in watching her children and later grandchildren grow and thrive. She had a love for home and family always pushing everyone towards excellence and achievement while supporting her children and grandchildren in their successes and shortcomings. She leaves behind to keep her memories alive, one son, Richard B. Ferguson Jr. DDS, two daughters, Doreen X Ferguson and Dian E. Ferguson and five grandsons. They include: Richard Ferguson VI, Isaiah James Ferguson, Elliott A. Coby Ferguson, William Ferguson, Alex Ferguson and there mother Pam Street Ferguson. One brother, Nathanial McPherson Jr., known and remembered as Junior preceded her in death. Her youngest brother Willie James McPherson resides in Pensacola, Florida with his family and a host of many nieces and nephews. Neal is pleased to have garnered a host of friends over her lifetime, many of whom reside in the Tacoma/Seattle area. There will be a private family memorial service on Wednesday, January 6th followed by a public burial at Tahoma National Cemetery, in Kent, Washington at 1 PM a top of her husband of 51 years, Richard B. Ferguson Sr. who preceded her in death in April of 2003. Once more they will be together again. Remembrances can be made to a favorite charity. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Robert Louis Haun Passed away peacefully on Dec. 27, 2009 at his home in DuPont, WA. He was born October 21, 1925 to Frederick J. and Clara E. Haun in Kenosha, WI. Bob had a distinguished career as a military officer, beginning with the Army Air Corps, and retiring from the USAF as Lt. Col in 1968. His love of flying, especially the P-51 was a tremendous source of pride for him. He was also a lifetime member of the Tacoma Power Squadron, and in 2009 became the first recipient of the new “Haun” award for his many years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, John William Haun, William John Haun, sister Margaret E. Myer and daughter Christine A. Fomin. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary J. Haun, two daughters and their spouses, Diane and David Dahl and Joyce and James Kelley. He also has two surviving sisters, Barbara Bell and Patricia Haun. He leaves behind seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was granted so many extra years with his family due to God’s grace, talented doctors, and the support and encouragement from his family and many friends. Services were held Dec 30th at St. John Bosco Church. He was interred at Mountain View Memorial Park with military honors. In lieu of cards or flowers the family would prefer donations to St. John Bosco Church in Lakewood, WA or Franciscan Hospice of Tacoma, WA. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Noreen Hults Mar. 2, 1945 – Dec. 28, 2009 Noreen lived a long and wonderful life. Noreen is survived by a brother and sister, two daughters, a son and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Noreen was loved by all. RIP Noreen Hults 1945 – 2009. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Naomi L. Matthews Went home to be with the Lord December 24, 2009. Naomi was born December 2, 1960 to Marlene Parks and Hawk Matthews. She has four children: son Isaiah, daughters Shalea, Kaisha, Jasmine and two grandchildren Dae’Sean and Nyla. Naomi is preceded in death by brothers Melvin Jr., and Calvin Matthews. She leaves behind brothers Lenny, Gary, Mickey, Tony, Donnell, and her one sister Teresa Parks. Naomi also leaves behind numerous family and friends and her beloved dog of ten years Selena. We all love and will miss her dearly. Funeral services will be held on January 8, 2010 at 1:00 PM at Mountain View’s Garden Chapel. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 253-584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Bruce Allen Myers, 49, was born in France on June 16th, 1960 to Stanley and Elizabeth Myers while his father was stationed abroad with the U.S. Army. Bruce passed away peacefully on January 1st, 2010 after losing his battle with cancer. Bruce has lived here for most of his life and graduated from Clover Park High School in 1978. He then joined the U.S. Army and received an honorable discharge after serving 4 years. He also spent several years in the Washington National Guard. He has worked in several vocations during his lifetime. Bruce is survived by his father, loving wife Sandy, and son, Bruce Jr. He is also survived by his step-daughter Lisa Sombra, and 3 step-grandchildren; brothers Carl and Charles; sister Cheryl, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Donations would be greatly appreciated, and may be made to FHS Hospice for the exceptional care he received. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com .
Ardelle C. Nielsen passed away on December 31, 2009 at the age of 66. She grew up in Parkland, WA and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for many years. Ardelle worked in the restaurant business, at the Doric Tacoma Motor Hotel and as an owner/operator with her husband Ed Nielsen of Diamond Jim’s Restaurant in Tacoma. She was a member of Fircrest Golf and Country Club. Her greatest joy was her family. She was an adoring grandmother and seldom missed a special occasion, school activity, or sporting event. She is survived by her children, Tamara (Ron) Basso, Michael (Kate) Kennedy, John Kennedy, Teri (Ken) Jenkins, stepchildren Chris Nielsen and Linda (Tony) Campanale, and grandchildren Jenna, Joshua, Joel, Jared, Tianna, Chelsea, Ashley, Thomas, and Jordana, one great-grandchild, and sister Judith (Eddie) Root. Her niece Ronda Root and cousin Kathy Speights held a very special place in Ardelle’s heart. She will be missed by many family and friends. She was predeceased by her parents Leonard and Helen Smith, husbands Ed Nielsen and Tom Kennedy, and grandson Zachary Kennedy. Viewing will be from 1:00-9:00 PM on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at Mountain View Funeral Home, with services held at 10:00 on Thursday, January 7, 2010 in the Mountain View Valley Chapel. Private family burial services will be at Fernhill Cemetery in Anacortes. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. 584-0252. Please visit online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.